Another November AZ weekend (11/6-11/8/2015)

This year’s attempt to see Baird’s Sparrow and my favorite thrasher was a full success: Yes on the Baird’s with good looks before sunrise in the San Rafael Valley. “My” Le Conte’s Thrasher popped up a mere 25ft from me and was calling – nice! Bendire’s Thrasher and Bell’s Sparrow were the supporting cast, all at the Thrasher spot at Baseline & Salome.

Other highlights included 2 Javelinas at the Amado STP, 56 Mountain Plovers at the Evergreen Sod farm on the Santa Cruz flats, the continuing female Blue-throated Hummingbird at the Paton’s, a single Chestnut-collared Longspur at the San Rafael Valley, a total of 4 White-tailed Kites in various grasslands and a late Indigo Bunting also at the Paton’s feeders.

In Ajo, I easily found the female Purple Finch and Rufous-backed Robin at Gibson Neighborhood Park.


A robin alright. Check the streaked throat, not a field mark for American.


Yes, Rufous-backed Robin.


This Prairie Falcon stuck for me.


A young Horned Lark from the Sonoita Grasslands.


I was surprised to find 3 Harris’s Hawks around Sells on the long drive from Ajo back to Tucson.


Many Caracaras (i.e. at least 12) were in the fields north of the Baumgartner & Wheeler farm on the Santa Cruz flats.


This Bobcat was from Sweetwater wetlands. The Abert’s Towhee below as well.



Author: birdmeister

Obsessed with birding, I started taking a pictures in '01 after a brief personalized intro by the incomparable David LaPuma. In July '09, I acquired a Canon EOS 50D with a 100-400mm IS lens to be able to shoot the fast-moving lbjs that were so difficult before. In Dec '14, I upgraded my body to a Canon 7D Mark II and immediately noticed a big improvement. Nevertheless, I'm first and foremost a birder, then a photographer. Please note that all pictures on this site were taken by birdmeister (the owner of this site) except for where otherwise mentioned. All pictures on this site are copyrighted.

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